Well, this WAS going to be a post about my day up at the Birdfair this last weekend, but I'm afraid I managed to delete all the photos I took while up there! It was a great day and if you're interested in the largest and oldest Birdfair in the world, then click on the link and then various tabs and see what it's all about.
So, instead I dug out some photos from a walk that I took in the county of Wiltshire which lies about 20 minutes drive from my home. This area is on the western edge of Salisbury Plain, much of which is given over to the army for training purposes and is off limits for most of the year. The countryside where I was walking though is not part of the training area, but it has the same gently rolling hills and openness that is indicative of Salisbury Plain. This first photo shows the start of my walk. If you click to enlarge, the hill in the distance I like to call mohican hill (for obvious reasons). I've just tried clicking on it myself and it takes me to the Birdfair website for some reason rather than just enlarging this photo. Don't know how to fix it, so apologies for this!I was following a permissive footpath which took me up and along the edge of fields sown with wheat I think (you'd have known what cereal it was without a doubt Roy)! Earlier in the year there were lots of singing Skylarks to keep a walker company along here (one of the sublime sounds of summer in the British countryside).I think this flower is Chicory (Cichorium intybus) which favours grassy chalk downland. It's a beautiful fresh blue which brightened up the field edges as I walked along.It was definitely a day for the bugs and butterflies to be out and about as I soon noticed. This 6-spot Burnet moth was sharing quite happily with a bee of some sort.A Brimstone butterfly gorging on nectar from this thistle, again sharing with some sort of bee. It was a sharing kind of day I guess! (-:I had help from a friend in identifying this moth as a Dusky Sallow. They are usually night flyers, but will sometimes feed during the day in very hot weather. Well it was pretty hot that day!My best encounter of the walk I think was a pair of Roe Deer. I just happened to look left across the field when this female also just happened to look up. We shared a few moments of mutual staring before she bounded off to join her mate who I just managed to catch a shot of below.